Running and Fitness
I really have to make a conciencious effort to stop and write here more often. Like really actually write, not just post pictures. I think when I last posted we were just getting settled into our new home, between that and it being summertime I have been keeping pretty darn busy. For us Canadian’s we only get 3ish months of hot summer sunshine, so my family and I like to make the most of it. We load up our agenda with gardening, beach days, camping, visitors from out of town and visiting friends out of town. We have only lived in our new home for 3.5 months and we have already hosted 12 out of town visitors and been out of town 3 weekends. We figure summer comes but once a year, so why not make the most of it. House renovations can wait until fall and winter after all.
Anyhow, the other thing summer always brings me is the realization that I look nowhere near as good as I would like in a swimsuit. So every spring/summer I jump on a fitness bandwagon that I inevitably give up on half way through the winter. While it sucks taking the winter months off, I just really struggle with day to day life in the deep freeze of winter, so I don’t give myself too hard of a time so long as I don’t pack on the weight during those months. This past spring however my workout routine did not resume, hell let’s face it, my workout routine has not resumed since May 2009 when I found out I was pregnant with Evangeline.
Side story detour here: for new readers before falling pregnant with my daughter in 2009, I had just completed the Couch25k program and run my first ever competetive 5k in the Halifax Bluenose Marathon. I loved it and absolutely fell in love with running. However; I have hyper flexible joints in general, so as a result when I am pregnant and my body is pumping out Relaxin, I have major joint isssues. I get really painful Symphasis Pubis and I also am prone to dislocation of the SI joint causing horrendous sciatic pain. During my two pregnancies I had to be followed by a Physiotherapist just to even walk without blinding pain; so needless to say, high impact exercise like running are right out. The passion for running was filed away in exchange for walks and yoga. Now Evangeline is 2.5 and I ready need to start thinking about me again and my own well being, so I signed up for the Learn To Run program with the Running Room. We are now on week 6 and I am LOVING IT. Really seriously loving it. It’s hard, damn hard, but I love everything about it, I love how my body feel’s, I love the personal challenge of pushing just past your comfort zone each run, I love the group support and I love running outside, in nature. I am hooked. As of this week we are doing 5 minute runs and 1 minute walk intervals with a 2 minute sprint to finish. We increase 1 minute of run time each week for 3 runs a week until we finish this class doing 3x 10 minute runs with 1 minute walk intervals. My leg muscles are already looking more defined after just 6 weeks of this, same goes for my backside, waistline and my arms. I am just so pumped and motivated to keep at it.
I did the Bluenose 5k in just over 42 minutes, I run my second ever 5k on September 1st, the Love Your Wild Side run and then on September 30th I do another 5k with Run For The Cure. I am excited to try and beat my time in 2009 when I was in much better physical condition then I am today. Even if I come in at the same time for this first 5k I will be happy to have just completed a 5k at all.
Where this will lead me is hard to say..I want to say I will keep building until I can do 10k, and that is a long term goal, but trumping that is that we really want to try for a sibling for Evangeline; which would once again put a damper on the running thing. So for now, my goal is to make it to October, manage a 5k comfortably and keep at it until I am told to stop.
Cheers. Anyone has a 5k experience they want to share with me?